Parent of a Child Student Visa

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PARENT OF A CHILD STUDENT VISA

The Child Student Visa category permits one parent to accompany their child to the UK to care for them if the child is studying at an independent fee-paying school under a Child Student Visa.

The child’s other parent must live abroad, and cannot apply to join the Student Child in the UK. You are also permitted to bring your other children with you if they also have or are applying for a Child Student visa.

Requirements for a Parent of a Child Student Visa

To qualify for a UK Parent of a Child Student Visa, you must demonstrate to the UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You are over the age of 18;
  • You are the parent of a child who has been granted leave or is applying for leave to enter the UK as a Child Student;
  • The Child Student’s other parent lives abroad and is not looking to enter the UK;
  • The Child Student is aged between 4 and 11 years old at the time of application and have, or at the same time be applying for, entry clearance or permission to stay, under Appendix Child Student;
  • You intend to live with the Child Student throughout the period of your leave as a Parent of a Child Student;
  • You have sufficient funds to maintain and accommodate yourself without recourse to public funds;
  • You have no intention of making the UK your main home and have enough money to maintain your main home outside the UK;
  • You plan to leave the UK when your visa expires.

The specific requirements, that may be applicable to you, will differ depending on your circumstances. You may wish to seek expert advice from an immigration lawyer.

If you wish to apply for a Parent of a Child Student Visa, speak to one of our specialised immigration lawyers for expert advice by completing our “Enquiry Form”.

Financial Requirement for a Parent of a Child Student Visa

If you are applying for Parent of a Child Student Visa from within the UK and have been living in the UK with valid leave for at least 12 months prior to the date of your application, you will be deemed to have met the financial requirement.

If you and your Child Student are applying at the same time for either leave to enter or remain where you have both lived in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, you will be deemed to have satisfied the financial requirements if the Child Student is able to meet the financial requirement that is applicable to their application for a Child Student Visa.

If none of the above exceptions apply, you can meet the financial requirements by demonstrating that you have funds of £1,560 for each month of your intended stay in the UK up to a total of 9 months. If there are other children applying at the same time, you will need show additional funds of £625 for each month of your intended stay up to a total of 9 months for any additional child other than the Child Student who you intend to care for in the UK.

You will need to demonstrate that you have held the required level of funds for a 28 consecutive days ending not more than 31 days before the date of your application.

Switching into the Parent of a Child Student Route

If you are currently living in the UK with a valid visa, you will be permitted to Switch to the Parent of a Child Student Visa. You will not, however, be permitted to switch to the Parent of a Child Student route if you currently have, or were not last granted, leave to remain as a Visitor, Short-term Student or leave outside the Immigration Rules.

Duration of Stay on a Parent of a Child Student Visa

If you are successful in securing a Parent of a Child Student Visa you will be granted leave in line with the length of permission granted to the Child Student or up until the twelfth birthday of the Child Student, if their period of permission exceeds their twelfth birthday.

Can Both Parents Travel to the UK?

Under the Parent of a Child Student Visa, only one parent is permitted to join the Student Child in the UK. The parent who lives abroad may be able to visit the UK as visitor or apply for leave to enter under a different immigration route.

Working on a Parent of a Child Student Visa

Parent of a Child Student Visa holders are not permitted to take up employment in the UK.

Studying on a Parent of a Child Student Visa

Parent of a Child Student Visa holders are prohibited from studying in the UK.

How our immigration lawyers can help

Our lawyers are specialists in UK immigration law with almost a decade of experience. We have assisted many Parents of a Child Student Visa applicants to prepare and submit successful Parent of a Child Student Visa applications.

Our immigration lawyers can provide you expert advice on meeting the requirements of the Immigration Rules, carry out a detailed assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a Parent of a Child Student Visa and can assist you with the preparation and submission of your immigration application.

Our lawyers combine creative energy with deep technical legal expertise to uncover innovative, out-of-the-box and unconventional strategies that help you succeed in your application even when you’re facing inherent challenges in meeting the requirements of a Parent of a Child Student Visa.

We do this by deploying the following:

  • Taking a holistic approach to analysing every facet of each case and formulating strategies to comprehensively address every element of the case;
  • Bringing deep technical and substantive legal expertise;
  • Collaborative strategizing among specialist lawyers, who operate at different levels of seniority, bringing a wealth of technical expertise, tactical know-how and diversity of perspective on your matter;
  • Using Design Thinking to reframe the challenges you face with a view to redefining value and opening up the scope of solutions;
  • Designing customised strategy to meet your specific challenges.

What this means for you?

If you instruct us to take on your case, our scope of work will comprise of the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions to carry out a thorough analysis of your case;
  • Assessing your eligibility for a Parent of a Child Student Visa in line with the requirements as set out in the Immigration Rules, the accompanying Policy Documents and the wider case-law jurisprudence;
  • Notifying you of the strengths and weaknesses of your case;
  • Advising you on strategies, where possible, to remedy the weaknesses in your case and better evidence the strengths of your case;
  • Providing you detailed and customised advice on the documents you need to provide in support of your application;
  • Reviewing your documents to assess whether they meet the evidential requirements of your application and to advise you if further documents are required;
  • Drafting the application form to provide to you for review and, if required, amending the application in line with your observations;
  • Preparing a detailed letter of representations to be submitted in support of your application;
  • Submitting the application form online and arranging an appointment for the enrolment of your biometrics;
  • Responding to any queries from the Home Office regarding your application
  • Addressing any queries that you may have regarding your application and any issues arising relating to your immigration status;
  • Corresponding with the UK Visas and Immigration (Home Office) to ensure a timely decision on your application.
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